Every year, stars are born on “American Idol”, and this year, the “Idol” stage is home to one of Millikin University’s own: Katelyn Epperly.
Epperly, a 19-year-old from West Des Moines, Iowa, spent three semesters at Millikin as a commercial music major before taking her shot at “Idol” fame. Early on, during her Chicago audition, she received praise from the judges.
“I think your voice has a lot of very interesting qualities, and I just think it sounded very unique,” remarked guest judge and country music superstar Shania Twain following Epperly’s performance of Duffy’s “Syrup and Honey.” “I think that you have a voice that could sing a hit song.”
Listen to Epperly’s “Americ
an Idol” audition here
After making it through the audition round with flying colors, Epperly continued to shine during Hollywood Week. Her performances there earned her a coveted spot in the Top 24, and after the first live shows this week, Epperly is still in the running for “Idol’s” top spot.
At Millikin, Epperly was involved with OneVoice, the flagship ensemble of Millikin’s vocal jazz program. OneVoice director Stephen Widenhofer, director of the School of Music remarked, “She’s very comfortable on stage. She makes a great stage presence.”
Epperly is not the first person from Millikin to achieve “Idol” fame. In 2007, Millikin alum Luke Menard made it into the top 16 before being eliminated.